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Philip Brophy on the Marvel of Osamu Tezuka’s Manga

by Ed Liuon August 21, 2007
Philip Brophy’s resume makes him out as a multi-media renaissance man, with a variety of critically acclaimed and intellectually challenging projects in music, film, analytical texts, and museum curatorship. He has done several exhibitions so far on the work of Osamu Tezuka, often regarded as the artist who built the foundations of Japanese anime and […]

Details on Miyazaki/JAL Collaboration Revealed

by Ed Liuon August 20, 2007
Nausicaa.net is reporting the details on the “Sora wo Tobu” (Fly the Skies) collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Japan Airlines (JAL), which will include a selected schoolchild’s drawing being painted on a JAL Boeing 787, screenings of Porco Rosso and the short film “Kuso no Sora Tobu Kikai-tachi” (Fancy Flying Machines) on select JAL flights, […]

Vancouver Animator Paul Boyd Shot and Killed by Police

by Ed Liuon August 20, 2007
Vancouver-based animator and cartoonist Paul Boyd was shot and killed in a confrontation with the police last week. The police stated that they were responding to a 911 call of a man carrying a potentially dangerous weapon, and shot in self-defense after two officers were injured by Boyd, who was swinging a chain with a […]

"Persepolis" to Close 2007 New York Film Festival in October

by Ed Liuon August 20, 2007
The 2007 New York Film Festival will close with a screening of Persepolis, the autobiographical animated movie based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi and directed by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. The graphic novel and movie are based on Satrapi’s experiences growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The film won the Jury […]

Simpsons 7-Eleven Mementos Selling Briskly on eBay

by Ed Liuon August 20, 2007
The New York Times is reporting a brisk business in selling the advertising materials that turned a dozen 7-Eleven stores into Kwik-E-Marts to promote the new Simpsons Movie (registration required). The materials sold range from “Squishee” cups to Kwik-E-Mart shirts worn by 7-Eleven employees.

Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon Revise Junk Food Licensing

by Ed Liuon August 20, 2007
Both Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon have recently announced changes to their food licensing policies, limiting the use of their iconic characters to sell junk food to younger children. In both cases, the networks have agreed to restrict their characters to foods that meet specific nutritional guidelines. Cartoon Network’s policy will apply to all new deals […]

PR: VIZ Media Announces Download Rights to Bleach Anime Series

by Ed Liuon August 15, 2007
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DOWNLOAD RIGHTS TO BLEACH™ ANIME SERIES Hit Supernatural Action Series To Be Made Domestically Available Via High Quality Download San Francisco, CA, August 13, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced it has secured from TV […]

PR: Math Mystery Cartoon "Cyberchase" Kicks Off Back-to-School Event

by Ed Liuon August 15, 2007
THE MATH MYSTERY CARTOON CYBERCHASEsm EMPOWERS KIDS AND PARENTS WITH EXTENSIVE, THREE-WEEK BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT Labor Day Kick-Off Features All-New “A Fraction Of A Chance” Summer ends. The school bell rings. And kids with sunburnt noses and faded memories of fractions, decimals and division squirm. Where can they turn? To CYBERCHASE – the only […]

PR: New Danny Phantom Movie "Phantom Planet" Debuts on Friday, Aug 24, from 8-9 PM

by Ed Liuon August 15, 2007
Phantom Fighting Superhero Fends Off Evil Enemy in All-New Danny Phantom Movie “Phantom Planet” Premiering on Nickelodeon, Friday, August 24, From 8-9 p.m. Week-Long Episode Premieres of Danny Phantom Air Leading up to Movie Beginning Monday, August 20 at 4 p.m. Burbank, CA – August 13, 2007 – Giant asteroids hurling at earth, death defying […]

"The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye" Vol. 1: Sand Tanks Are a Girl’s Best Friend

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2007
There’s something deeply appealing about outlaw heroes: the good-hearted people who are forced by circumstances to live just outside the law. Some, like Robin Hood, do so for personal glory and in the name of the greater good. Others, like Han Solo, do so largely because the money’s better in the shady corners of the […]